Thread painting – Attempt # 2

Lola – a bit of a grump

In one of my previous posts I was talking about my first attempt at needle painting, or thread painting if you like. I enjoyed the process and wanted to do it again and hopefully better.

I drew my sister’s cat on a cotton fabric and this time I used viscose “silk” threads. They are very shiny and silky smooth. I was hoping this would help me in making the picture more realistic.

I took this project with me when we went camping last year. It was only a 3 day stay but I made a start.

It was meant to be a Christmas present but I just couldn’t finish it. I was stuck around the nose area and it was taking forever. I was using only 1 strand for most of the time, really trying to make the fur look more realistic.

I didn’t keep a track of how many hours I spent on this. Definitely more than 20, despite it being so small. Some months I’d make a good progress, some months I’d leave it and not touch it at all. I admire people who do animal portraits for living, not just their talent but also the focus. It gets boring pretty quickly with the same 3-4 colours and repetitive stitches.

What’s scarier, the front or the back?

Simple blanket stitch to secure the backing fabric

I took a picture of the back, what a strange mess. I covered it up with white cotton as I didn’t have enough felt left and actually I think the thinner fabric works much better! I gave it to my sister for her birthday, it really made her laugh. I think I captured Lola’s soul really well, such an angel with those innocent eyes. To be fair, she doesn’t always sport this scary expression.

I’m not sure what to try next, perhaps upgrading my flower embroideries? Watch this space.. In the meantime, back to my sewing machine!

Monika x

She is cute really

The Family Cross Stitch Kit (by Dimensions)

Pixelised version of our family

When we go on holidays or even a short break, I like to take some embroidery with me. I don’t normally buy embroidery kits but when I saw this I had to buy it.

It costs me £17 in 2018 and it came with 8″ wood hoop, needle, threads and instructions including chart with 32 different figures and an alphabet. I bought it from but it’s sold out. I’ve just done a quick search on Google and it’s available on

This is NOT a sponsored post, just a genuinely happy customer and I thought it might inspire someone.

If you like the idea of creating family version as a gift or just for yourself, but can’t/down’t want to buy a kit, head to Pinterest. The link will take you to the page with free patterns and ideas.

I hope you like the idea of turning family portraits into fun characters and give it a go!

Monika x

Home and Welcome Hoops

I tend to pick up embroidery when I’m feeling a bit low and can’t focus on sewing. Sometimes I see a post or a picture that inspires me and I drop all my sewing projects and get my embroidery box out.

I’ve been wanting a wall covered in embroidery hoops for ages! I have now decided to cover a small wall by the main entrance with “Welcome” signs in different languages. So far I’ve done Slovakian and English one, clearly I have a long way to go before I fill the wall.

I found this beautiful sparkly felt in my local fabric shop and I made grand plans for some embroidery… BUT this stuff is solid. Each stitch was painful and the hoop took forever.

As much as I love the sparkle, I don’t think I can use it for embroidery in the future.

My sister in law cuts her own wooden signs, paints them and then glues them onto sparkly fabric like this. She made me the beautiful sparkly “Monika’s sewing room” sign I’m holding on the photo on my About Me page. She is incredibly talented, I love her work.

Back to embroidery…

Here is a close up of the second hoop. I couldn’t decide whether to add any flowers to this so I left it plain.

Our kitchen units are in midnight blue and grey and since it’s all open plan I thought this hoop would go with the overall theme.

I also made the cushion you see on this photo and the headboard (my husband helped me with that one). I might do a post on how we made it. When we bought our bed the matching headboard was £300! Our DIY version cost £70 and that includes 3 matching cushions.

I also wanted a nice “Home Sweet Home” sign that would go with the blue and grey scheme.

I couldn’t resist adding some white and yellow flowers.

I painted all 3 hoops in light grey and I think it works well.

My next signs will be in German, Polish and Spanish. Hopefully, at some point this year 🙂

I should have mentioned that I simply drew/wrote the wording on the fabric and then used a combination of split and back stitches to complete.

I saw some beautiful flower hoop PDF designs on Etsy. I think with a simple writing in the middle they would go well with my existing creations. To be this space 🙂

Monika x

My first attempt at thread painting (or needle painting)

Embroidery… so therapeutic and calming, right? I think it definitely is, if you know what you’re doing! I was talking to my friend at work and we challenged ourselves to push our embroidery to the next level and attempt to thread paint.

Thread painting uses combination of short and long stitches with wide range of colours to create a painted effect. I don’t know what possessed me to try to do a pet portrait but that’s how roll. Believe in yourself and suffer the consequences later.

Seriously gorgeous fluffy thing. Also, a bag made by my mum

I used a calico and cotton embroidery floss, mainly because that’s all I had and just I wanted to go go go. I took it on a holiday with me and made a good progress.

What I wish I did differently: I should have used medium weight fabric fabric or at least interfaced it. My calico was too lightweight. Using 1 strand would have made it look so much neater too.. And I should have made the picture smaller. This ended up being quite big and took more than 20 hours.

Embroidery odyssey

I ended up giving to my friend and it was a good addition to a bunny cushion I made for her when I was her Secret Santa.

I work hard so my bunny can have a better life.

I’m glad I gave it a go, I just wish I did something simple to start with, not someone’s beloved pet!

Monika x